A Brighter Future for High-Risk Babies: Tracking Telltale Movements from Hospital to Home

Every parent wants the best for their child, especially during the first, most vulnerable months of their life. Hence today, we are proud to introduce a groundbreaking project. It promises to fundamentally change the way we care for our youngest patients. How? High-Risk babies’ movement patterns can predict motor and cognitive outcome. The EarlyMoves in One project, a collaboration between Neolook Solutions and UMC Groningen, marks a significant step forward in neonatal care. Because we can now follow telltale movements from hospital to home.

Capture and analyze from hospital to home

The EarlyMoves in One project focusses on the integration of our smart video sensor device Neolook One and our software EarlyMoves. With EarlyMoves in One, we now easily capture and analyze the movements of neonates both in hospitals and at home. This provides us with an integrated overview of a child’s movement development: From newly born prematures in the incubator to the age of three months at home. 

Early detection for early intervention

This is a significant advancement for neonatal care. Early interventions have life-changing benefits.  And with EarlyMoves in One, we have the opportunity to intervene early and achieve better care outcomes.

In this project we enable the medical grade automation of baby movement analysis. Our software taps into the Neolook One smart device. The device supports high quality data and has built in smart standardisation technology for better quality medical grade recordings. Our software can tap in on existing camera systems on incubators, for example in a remote hospitals. Later on at home, the hospital fetches videotakes remotely using the parent’s cellphone.  Here a practitioner coaches the parent and guides the correct positioning of the child. 

Scalable with automated analysis

Now that recordings are inhouse, remote or at the parents house, a single hospital can serve an entire region or population. This raises the problem how to deal with a multitude of recordings. We solve this with a dedicated Movement Assessment environment with built in bias controls. Moreover, EarlyMoves has an automated analysis engine for algorithms and automated detection tools. So the hospital can deal with high amounts of clinical recordings. Off course, always with a human in the loop.

We look forward to the positive impact on healthcare. With the improved assessment, potential savings on healthcare costs through early intervention, and the ability to enhance the diagnostic experience for patients and health workers, this is an exciting time for neonatal care.

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